It’s an awesome time of year as the NFL playoffs are upon us and we get to reflect on the 2015 fantasy regular season. Or, we can skip that whole reflecting nonsense and dive headlong into our preparation for the 2016 fantasy campaign.
Sure, Old Uncle Waldo may start his Christmas shopping late but he can never be accused of slacking when it comes to fantasy rankings. Is it too early? Never!!
Will the many coaching changes, free agency, the NFL Draft as well as possible injuries to players alter these rankings? Absolutely!! Will these rankings change at least 100 times before fantasy draft day 2016? You Betcha!!
All that being said…enjoy my Crazy Early 2016 Top 20 fantasy Rankings for 2016.
1) Antonio Brown , PITTSBURGH: Far and away our number one choice for 2016 fantasy drafts. Brown simply produces elite numbers on a yearly basis. Over the past two seasons he has 265 receptions for over 3,500 yards and has scored 23 touchdowns. We love that.
2) Odell Beckham Jr., NEW YORK GIANTS: Those concerns that people had prior to last season regarding whether or not Beckham would be able to sustain top tier production were laid to rest. Yes, he had a meltdown against the Panthers but he has also caught 187 passes and scored 25 touchdowns in 27 career games.
3) Julio Jones, ATLANTA: Jones is coming off a season in which he set career highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards. He has scored eight-or-more touchdowns three separate times and remains the focal point of the Falcons’ passing game.
4) DeAndre Hopkins, HOUSTON: Hopkins proved to be quarterback-proof racking up 111 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns with Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and T.J. Yates throwing him the ball. No reason to believe he won’t produce at the same level in 2016.
5) Le’Veon Bell, PITTSBURGH: If Bell is healthy, then he is easily the first running back off the board. He’s a dual threat out of the backfield and will be a focal point of the Steelers offense next season.
6) Todd Gurley, ST. LOUIS: Gurley could climb in the rankings if the Rams can get a viable quarterback heading into next year. The rookie rolled up double-digit touchdowns and over 1,100 rushing yards despite missing three games. Gurley could finish 2016 as the top-scoring RB but we need to see who is under center for St. Louis.
7) Allen Robinson, JACKSONVILLE: Robinson topped 100 yards receiving six times in 2015 while hauling in 14 touchdown receptions. We love the kid moving forward and so does QB Blake Bortles. Robinson was targeted nine times per game and saw 21 red zone targets. There is huge upside here as Jacksonville will continue to throw the ball plenty in 2016.
8) Dez Bryant, DALLAS: This ranking is totally contingent on Tony Romo being healthy and leading the Cowboys offense. Bryant will be coming off of both foot and ankle surgery but is expected to be ready for the offseason program. Let’s just write off the injury-riddled debacle that was the 2015 season and look forward to 2016 for Bryant.
9) Devonta Freeman, ATLANTA: After a torrid start, Freeman definitely cooled off down the stretch but still had a breakout 2015 campaign. He finished with over 1,635 total yards and 14 touchdowns as a dual threat out of the backfield. Freeman may lose some snaps to Tevin Coleman but will enter 2016 draft season as a solid RB 1.
10) Rob Gronkowski, NEW ENGLAND: He’s ‘Gronk.’ At tight end there is Gronkowski then a huge gap and then the rest of the pack. He has scored double-digit touchdowns in five of his six seasons in the league (he failed to reach that level in 2013 when he played just seven games).